Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Mothers Against Drunk DrivingThe only organization more hostile to drunk driving than Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is law enforcement.  Click Here

This post cannot hope to do MADD justice.  I just want to point out how effective the measures they have pushed for have been.  Anyone who drives a car or walks along a street can thank MADD for reducing the very real threat of drunk drivers.

MADD or Mothers Against Drunk Driving takes its name from the suffering of the founding mothers who were victimized by drunk drivers.  They lost their children to drunk driving crashes and decided to turn their grief into positive action.  Those actions have done a tremendous amount to raise our awareness of the dangers of drunk driving as well as to help pass preventative rules and regulations to protect our roads.  In 32 years Mothers Against Drunk Drivers has not just helped to improve the safety or our roadways, it has created support network for victims of drunk driving.

 MADD has Supported/Spearheaded the Following Programs

1984 federal minimum drinking age raised to 21 years of age.

1989 Victim Impact Panel. Now drunk drivers could listen to people who had suffered because of other people.

1990 Mothers Against Drunk Driving states their support of sobriety checkpoints to United States Supreme Court.

1995 Federal Zero Tolerance Law passes Congress

1998 Zero Tolerance policy adopted by all states.

2000 MADD has 600 chapters and 2 million members and supporters.

2004 First law enforcement summit held.

2004 All states and the District of Columbia pass 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) as the legal driving maximum.

Please see the Mothers Against Drunk Driving infographic for a much more complete outline of their accomplishments.  The MADD infographic was the source for all of this information.  Here is a the link for their support service again.

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